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Method and Apparatus for Dynamically Dividing a Multi-Lane Road for Management of Vehicular Traffic

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000190266D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Nov-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Nov-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method and system for automatically controlling variable road divider for dynamically separating a multi-lane road into forward moving section and backward moving section is disclosed.

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Method and Apparatus for Dynamically Dividing a Multi -Lane Road for Management of Vehicular Traffic

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically controlling variable road divider for dynamically separating a multi-lane road into forward moving section and backward moving section for a better management of vehicular traffic on the multi-road.

The method provides variable road dividers that dynamically separate the multi-lane road into the forward moving section and backward moving section, wherein positions of the variable road dividers are dynamically adjusted based on the vehicular traffic on the forward moving section and backward moving section. The lanes are automatically configured by adjusting the variable road dividers. The variable road divider is remotely managed through a control system. The control system takes into consideration predictive data associated with the vehicular traffic on the multi-lane road at a given time in order to manage the variable road dividers.

Figure 1: Multi-lane road with a conventional fixed divider and a variable road divider.

Fig. 1 illustrates a conventional fixed road divider and a variable road divider. Fig. 1 A illustrates a conventional fixed road divider, wherein a six-lane road is permanently divided into a forward moving section and a backward moving section with each moving section having three lanes. Fig. 1 B illustrates a variable road divider, which in an instance has divided the six-lane road into a forward moving section with four lanes and a backward moving section with two lanes. The variable road divider adjusts the number of lanes available for commuting on the forward moving section and the backward moving section of the multi-lane road based on vehicular traffic at a given time on the forward moving section and the backward moving section of the multi-lane road.

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Figure 2: Aerial view of a multi-lane road with system for automatically controlling variable road dividers.

Fig. 2 illustrates an aerial view of a multi-lane road with a system for controlling variable road dividers. The system for controlling variable road dividers for dynamically separating the multi-lane road includes hollow blocks (represented by rectangles with dashed lines in Fig. 2) for accommodating the variable road dividers. The hollow blocks are arranged such that the arrangement of the hollow blocks corresponds to lane markings. The hollow blocks are placed inside evenly separated ducts and are positioned at or near lane markings. Therefore, each lane marking on the multi-lane road has a corresponding set of hollow blocks.

Further, each hollow block accommodates a road divider and a lifting system for lifting the road divider. The hollow blocks for a given lane are serially connected to each other through...